RTE’s chance to be our knights in shining armour
FOR THE lads there’s the annual unveiling of the Premiership’s fixture list, for the ladies there’s the launch of the seasonal fashion catalogues and for the TV addict there’s, eh, RTE’s autumn schedule. This season however, the Montrose puppetmasters have gone out on a limb like never before.
Full-frontal nudity, frazzled restaurateurs and delinquent kids burning rubber down the supermarket car park. Lay down your remote controls, they can now be rendered obselete; RTE is the one and only television station you need. And we haven’t yet hit Halloween.
The Clinic, Fair City and Raw are the frontrunners of Irish drama being served up to the licence player and each is breaking boundaries in its own unique way.
The Clinic, arguably the finest drama series ever produced in this country (also aired in Scandinavia, Belgium and Portugal as well as having the South Americans scrambling to snap up the rights) is back at its pulsating best. Content to exist in its D4 bubble, the storylines are consistently engaging and the quality of acting has never fallen short. Then for the closet voyeurs among us we have Raw.
The new Monday night offering seems in such a juvenile rush to reach its ‘steamy’ sex scenes that it neglects the rest of the audience who might actually be seeking a storyline with a bit of flesh instead. But it’s not bad and Charlene McKenna is admirably holding it all together.
Which leads us to Fair City. What in the name of all that’s decent has happened in the past few months?
The first rule of soap opera theory, as a television & drama student once pointed out to me, is that characters, like leopards, never change their spots.
Once they do, you are charging rapidly in the wrong direction down a one-way street. What the Fair City scriptwriters have done is develop new personalitites out of practically the entire cast and it has been embarrassing to watch.
If we want to see people ripping each others heads off when we get home in the evening then we’ll tune into Albert Square.
At a time when you can’t read the daily newspapers for the arsenal of morbidity being machine gunned our way, entertainment, at any level, is a means of salvation.
While the country continues to be marooned in a mine of economic gloom, RTE, with a bit more effort, have the opportunity to be the escapist knights in shining armour that could just for a few moments daily, weekly or any time at all, come and heave us out. All it takes is a little more creativity.
ROUNDABOUT WAY TO GO
WHAT is it about drivers and roundabouts? The most straightforward of all innovations to be put on our roads have some people at a loss when it comes to actually using them. Is it that people who don’t understand how they operate only think about them when they literally come across them and then don’t bother to ask someone how they work afterwards?
And it’s not the huge roundabouts on main roads that are the trouble. It’s the little ones tucked away down the back roads that are the killers.
Well here’s a tip, yield to the cars on your right and you won’t go too far wrong.
And by they way female drivers, you’re not the ones to blame...
Sexy new drama Raw is part of RTE’s autumn package.